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London marathon champ Kosgei returns home
and says looks forward to title defense in 2020

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- London marathon champion Brigid Kosgei says she will relish the challenge to defend her title in the English capital in 2020.

Speaking in Nairobi upon her arrival from London, Kosgei, who is also the Chicago marathon winner, says she has no fear of any athlete and will be ready to take on any challenge in future race.

"I say thank you for Kenyans for cheering me.

"I have done to London and done something good.

"I hope next year I will go there and do something better," said Kosgei on Tuesday.

For now, Kosgei will take a deserved rest to shake off the fatigue as she discusses with her coach Erick Kimaiyo and management over her next race in 2019.

"I want to prepare well for the next race.

"I hope to be a winner again wherever I will go.

"I must thank my coach Kimaiyo for having believed and trained me," she said.

Kosgei, who in 2018 was second to Vivian Cheruiyot, returned to the English capital and proved her worth as she obliterated her mentor to win the race with Cheruiyot settling for silver.

She however says due to the high number of elite runners in the race, it is always hard to hit fast time as each will sit back to wait for a sacrificial lamp to step forward and lead.

"But for me, I knew I had trained well and after 21km I decided it was time to go.

"We were watching each other, me, Vivian and Mary Keitany.

"I believed in my strides and it was good that I won.

"Even the few times that Cheruiyot pulled away, I was not worried.

"I don’t fear anyone because as long as my legs are strong, I always focus on winning," she said.

Kosgei had prepared for a fast time but not a personal best.

"I don’t know what is next for me at the moment.

"After recovering, my body will show where next I will go," said Kosgei.

It is now three wins in a row for Kenya women in London after Keitany won in 2017, Cheruiyot in 2018 and now Kosgei in 2019.

It will offer the Kenyan coaches a hard time to select their team for the World Championships, which comes in October in Doha, Qatar.

Throw in Boston marathon silver medalists and two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and it becomes a hard nut to crack.

Each country is only allowed to pick three runners for the assignment.
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Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei win London Marathon

             

 

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